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University of Alberta (Canada)

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[University of Alberta University flag]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 22 November 2006

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University Flag

The university has a flag, based on the arms:

In June 1994, His Excellency the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada, presented the University of Alberta with its Coat of Arms. The full Coat of Arms is displayed at ceremonial occasions such as Convocation, and is used by the Chancellor, the titular head of the University.

The symbolism of the University's Armorial Bearings (Coat of Arms) is:


A representation of the topography of Alberta rendered in the colours of the University. At the base is a prairie wheat field symbolizing Alberta's agricultural industry. The wavy gold line above suggests the hills and rivers of Alberta and, in particular, the setting of the University campus. The top of the shield is in gold and separated from the rest of the shield by a line suggesting the Rocky Mountains. The book of learning dominates the design.


A Grand-Duc d'Amérique, or Great Horned Owl, the provincial bird and an accepted symbol of knowledge.


The Pronghorn, taken from the Provincial Coat of Arms, and the golden bear, mascot of the University. Both wear collars of the University colours, as does the owl.

Compartment (base of the Coat of Arms)

A grassy mound with wild roses, the floral emblem of Alberta.


Quaecumque vera - whatsoever things are true (Phil 4:8).


The Flag of the University is comprised of the shield of the Coat of Arms on a gold background.


Although the image appears to use white (Argent) for the shield base.

And about the University colors:

The original suggestion for green and gold University colours came from Marion Kirby Alexander, who drew her inspiration from the autumn colours of the river valley below the campus. Her husband, William Hardy Alexander, Professor of Classics, relayed the suggestion to the Faculty meeting of 5 October 1908, the Senate approved the combination of green and gold as particularly appropriate to the new University of Alberta. The green represents the wide stretches of prairie land flanked by deep spruce forests and is symbolic of hope and optimism; the gold represents the golden harvest fields and is symbolic of the light of knowledge.

Phil Nelson, 29 April 2006

The flag is different from that on the Coat of Arms, viz:

  1. The background is white, not gold (or yellow).
  2. The lines representing the Rocky Mountains and the rivers of ALberta are fimbrated in black.
  3. The book of learning is of a slightly different design.

Colin Dobson, 30 April 2006

Prior flag

[University of Alberta University flag]
image contributed by Darrell Neuman, 1 July 2007

75th Anniversary flag

[University of Alberta University anniversary flag]
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 August 2008

This 75th anniversary flag features the University of Alberta colors of green and gold.
Darrell Neuman, 23 April 2006